Friday, September 14, 2007
Robert R. Bliss
bliss@dor.state.ma.us
617-626-2369

A second person on the state's new Ten Most Wanted for failure to pay child support, Gene Kerswell, was arrested this afternoon in Hyde Park by the Boston Police Department, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue announced today.

Kerswell, 47, formerly of Taunton, owes $50,508 in unpaid child support for two children ages 13 and 7. Acting on a tip from an informant, Dedham Police found Kerswell working on a home remodeling job on Readville Street. Dedham Police contacted the Boston Police Department and Kerswell was arrested on a charge of failure to comply with a support order.

Kerswell and the custodial parent divorced in 2002. While married, he earned $25 an hour as a carpenter and was able to support his family. Kerswell never notified DOR when he found employment but DOR managed to find him on several occasions through data matches such as quarterly wage reporting.

All of his jobs were in the construction field but he never continued employment after child support was withheld from his pay. His employment information indicates that he left Massachusetts sometime after the parties divorced but also that he may have returned. He made his last child support payment in 2005.

This is the second arrest since Lt. Gov. Tim Murray unveiled the new Ten Most Wanted poster for failure to pay child support on Monday Morning. Tuesday evening, police in Conway NH arrested Peter Gerald Cantin, who owes $75,496 in child support for two children in Beverly.

Listed on the poster are 10 parents who together owe $646,913 in unpaid child support for 19 children. The poster stresses the importance of paying child support, and the consequences of failure to do so. It is the 14th edition of the Ten Most Wanted poster prepared by the DOR's Child Support Enforcement unit. In the previous 13 posters, 97 of the 113 people displayed were located resulting in the collection of about $3.6 million in unpaid child support.